It’s a lot like an App Store for games. Valve is, to be honest, one of the most successful ways to distribute computer games I have ever seen. As long as you have a broadband connection and a desire to play, you’re all set.
Well, CNET is reporting that Steam for the Mac has been released. And thus far, the response to the news has been highly positive amongst those who have tried it.
With this being said, I think that having something like Steam or an “App Store” for desktop platforms makes a lot of sense. Oddly, the concept is not a new one. Old school versions of the now dead Linux distro Linspire (4.5 and 5.0), had a tool built in called CNR. Unlike the poorly designed version today, this original version was smooth as could be by any platform’s standards. With a single click, you could install tons of software from both the open source and proprietary realms. It also provided a great portal for developers to sell games and software to end users.
The idea, platform aside, was brilliant. And it worked so well that it was tightly installed to the Linspire experience rather than as a meaningless add-on or afterthought later on.
I’d love to see a downloads.com version of such a thing for applications on Windows. Ubuntu Linux already has its App Center, so no need there. But for Windows users, an out of the box portal to freeware and shareware without ever opening up a browser window… would be amazing. Steam for apps, anyone?
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